Comcast wins! (Worst company in America)

In the Consumerist's annual competition, Comcast defeated Monsanto in a pulsatingly close poll -- and just as it's trying to take over Time Warner Cable too.

Chris Matyszczyk
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A scene from a Comcast video about user experience. Comcast/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The history of American corporations has always shown that bigger is better.

Yes, sometimes it takes a little time for those left with no options to appreciate it. Ultimately, however, we end up grateful for something, rather than pained because we have nothing.

So as Comcast persuades Congress that its takeover of Time Warner Cable will be good for all concerned (especially all concerned at Comcast), I hear news of another Comcast triumph.

In the Consumerist's annual poll to find America's worst company, Comcast has emerged bloody and victorious.

In a tight and possibly mean-spirited final, the company defeated Monsanto by a margin of merely 3 percent.

Comcast first won the crown in 2010. The following year, it actually begged its staff to vote, so that there would be no repeat. It even used the phrase: "Participation is purely voluntary."

This year, Comcast managed to defeat its first three opponents -- Yahoo, Facebook, and Verizon -- without giving up more than 30 percent of the vote.

However, it was almost unseated by SeaWorld, before progressing to the ultimate prize.

For its part, Time Warner Cable did very well, before being defeated by Monsanto.

Comcast is only the second company to have ever received this award more than once.

I have no information as to how it might celebrate. I've reached out to Comcast for comment and will update this post when I hear back. Perhaps, though, it's not yet time to unfurl the banners.

As the Huffington Post reports, Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday: "It bothers us that we have so much trouble delivering a really high-quality service level to our customers on a consistent basis."

It may bother the 50,000 people who offered complaints about the company to the Federal Trade Commission too.